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Digital Families a 30min weekly podcast hosted by Leonie Smith “The Cyber Safety Lady” in conversation with parents, students, children, cyber safety experts, family councillors, child protection experts, wellbeing coaches, psychologists and more about maintaining a healthy and safe environment around digital technology in families.

Screentime and Tracking Apps

Screentime and Tracking Apps

Excessive Screentime After Lockdown?

Parental Control Tracking – Building Trust and Encouraging Free Play

In this week’s “Digital Families” Podcast I speak with Sonia Livingstone a professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, who is also the co-Author with Alicia Blum-Ross of the recently released book based on her research  “Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears About Technology Shape Children’s Lives”. about parental controls, screentime vs free play and tracking.

Recently there has been quite a bit of discussion about parental controls and apps that can track children. Now that our children are getting back to face to face and socialising, many parents are understandably using the available technology to track and surveil their kids online and offline behaviour. But when do parental controls and tracking become overbearing or an invasion of privacy, when should parents start to give the child more space and trust?

Screentime vs Free Play

Many of my clients are working with me on issues around winding back screentime and developing better habits around online devices. Some parents are reporting that their children seem to have lost the ability to entertain themselves off screens after so much screentime during Covid lockdowns. Sonia Livingstone and I discuss the issue of the importance of children having “Free Play” both on screens and off. How we can transition children from screens to healthy play that is so important for their development.

Sonia’s Book “Parenting For A Digital Future” Is Available Here: www.sonialivingstone.net

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“FROM HIGH SCHOOL FAILURE TO AWARD WINNING AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR” Digital Families Podcast

“FROM HIGH SCHOOL FAILURE TO AWARD WINNING AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR” Digital Families Podcast

Josh Langley was told he would amount to nothing in life, having failed high school (twice) and being unemployed for several years, but that didn’t stop Josh from becoming a multi award-winning radio copywriter and award-winning children’s author.  Now his ground-breaking children’s books, programs and school talks on self-acceptance, resilience, understanding emotions and kindness, are… Continue Reading

How An Abuse Survivor Turned Police Officer Is Helping Kids With Abuse

How An Abuse Survivor Turned Police Officer Is Helping Kids With Abuse

Kelly Humphries is a survivor of child sexual abuse, a law enforcement officer, ambassador, author, and advocate. Kelly is extremely passionate about breaking cycles of abuse through multiple platforms and is a compelling and powerful speaker, knowledgeable and witty panelist and emcee. She advocates on various print and social media platforms and is in the… Continue Reading

Resilience Optimism Confidence with Claire Eaton Parent Coach

Resilience Optimism Confidence with Claire Eaton Parent Coach

This weeks guest on “Digital Families” Podcast is Claire Eaton, a speaker, youth coach and author of four books for teens, “ROC and RISE” “You are awesome”, “Hello High School” and its companion Planner.  Claire began her career as a teacher and deputy principal, which quickly lead to her deep interest in mindset, and the… Continue Reading

Kids Leaving Data Trails Online – Amy Jussel on Digital Families Podcast

Kids Leaving Data Trails Online – Amy Jussel on Digital Families Podcast

  My guest today is Author Amy Jussel,  Amy Jussel is the founder of Shaping Youth  and author of The Secret of the Vanishing Bones: Tracking the Data Trail. Her new book, aimed at students K-5, is designed to instill critical thinking about media through storytelling, developing early skills that help kids navigate their digital… Continue Reading

Kids On Social Media With Training Wheels On! Claire Orange – DiGii Social

Kids On Social Media With Training Wheels On! Claire Orange – DiGii Social

In this podcast Claire Orange and I chat about helping primary school children learn to navigate social media safely. Claire developed DiGii Social to help give students in year 5 and 6 an experience of what it is like to be on social media with strict moderation and safety. Using artificial intelligence DiGii Social helps… Continue Reading

“The New Teen Age” Digital Families Podcast

“The New Teen Age” Digital Families Podcast

My guest on this weeks Digital Families Podcast  is Jo Lamble clinical Psychologist and co Author of the book “The New Teen Age” how to support todays tweens and teens to become healthy happy adults. Jo Lamble and Dr Ginni Mansberg co Authored this book for parents which has just been published. Jo Lamble is a Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing for over 25 years Continue Reading

Telethon Kids and the Beacon App with Bec Nguyen

Telethon Kids and the Beacon App with Bec Nguyen

My guest today is Bec Nguyen from “Telethon Kids Institute” Project Manager of the “Beacon App” a cyber safety educational app designed to keep parents and carers up to date with trusted, tailored information, to help keep their kids safe online. Bec Nguyen is a Digital Project Manager with the Health Promotion and Education Research team,… Continue Reading